Ibadan Obas deny agreeing to give up crowns

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Elevated Obas in Ibadanland have denied media reports saying they have agreed to give up their crowns as a precondition for their being reintegrated as members of the Olubadan-in-Council.

The monarchs made the declaration at a Press Conference held at the Alalubosa GRA in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Speaking on behalf of the other obas, Oba Olakuleyin, the Balogun of Ibadanland, said, the Press Conference was called so as to correct the wrong notion the Olubadan gave on the meeting, saying it was only a gimmick to hoodwink them.

He said, “The reason we called this Press Conference is simply to tell you the fact of the case. On Monday, one Oba and one High Chief went to misrepresent us before Kabiyesi Olubadan of Ibadan, as we read in the media. All that were published were false.”

Saying their crowns will forever remain theirs having been legally crowned in line with all known conditions, the Obas said they would never remove their beaded crowns before coming back to the Olubadan’s palace or ever agree to such terms as a condition under whatever guise.

The monarchs insisted that before they could ever agree to lose their crowns, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, must also be ready to give up his title of, His Imperial Majesty.

Oba Olakuleyin stated, “If Olubadan wants us to drop our beaded crown, he himself should drop the title of, His Imperial Majesty, conferred on him by the same Governor that made us obas. That they called us to come is simply a gimmick. Our beaded crowns remain with us.”

The Obas insisted that before they could attend any other reconciliation meeting with the Olubadan, the Olubadan must agree for them to wear their beaded crowns and ensure that his wife is not present, in line with the tradition of the Olubadan-in-Council meetings.

The Balogun revealed, “It is not only the question of beaded crown that caused our disagreement with Olubadan. As far as we, the Obas-in-Council, are concerned, the Olubadan is not ruling. His wife is the one and that one we have pointed out to him from time to time.”

The monarchs, who said they were played by the Olubadan at the last meeting called, dissociated themselves from the media reports that they had agreed to lay aside their crowns to be able to have access to the Olubadan Popoyemoja Palace.

“The question of where we collectively agree on an issue and before we come back on the adjourned day, all that we have agreed on would have been altered and we know that Kabiyesi’s wife had been the one behind such situation. She is the one who decided and we have been saying that her involvement is against the tradition of Council,” Olakuleyin said.

While insisting that the Obas would not go back on their decision, Oba Olakuleyin disclosed that the beaded crowns were conferred on them legally and will not be dropped when they are with the Olubadan.

He said of the Olubadan, “We are not fighting him in any way. He is the one fighting us because from day one, the Olubadan was there when Governor Ajimobi called us. The Olubadan was there and he was happy and his response when he was asked if he supports it was ‘yes’, only for him to go back and deny that he didn’t say ‘yes’.”

The Obas in attendance at the conference included: Oba Owolabi Olakuleyin, the Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, Osi Balogun; Oba Lateef Adebimpe, Ashipa Balogun; Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa Olubadan; Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi, Ekerin Olubadan; Oba Amidu Ajibade, Ekarun Olubadan and Oba Kola Adegbola, Ekarun Balogun Olubadan.

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